Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Fulham together with Manchester United’s subsequent defeat against Everton means that seven more points from our remaining three fixtures will see us qualify for the Europa League once again. The question is, do we really want to be there?
For once, we didn’t have to come behind at the weekend although Steve Sidwell’s waltz through a Sandro-less midfield and defence did level the scores at 1-1 but Christian Eriksen’s dead ball skills together with the head of Harry Kane and the shin of Younes Kaboul, helped to seal the three points that left us in sixth place.
“We deserved to win,” said Head Coach Tim Sherwood on the club’s official website. “Matches are always tough at this stage of the season because every team has something to play for.
“Fulham were spirited, kept going, had a threat with Rodallega, Parker and Sidwell were dogged, but we stuck to it, weathered what they had to offer and showed our class in the end.
“It’s always important for us to win in front of our fans, to entertain and to score goals so to come away with three points and score another three goals, overall, we’re all pleased.”
Taking seven points from West Ham away, Stoke City away and Aston Villa at home won’t be straightforward for a team that has looked unconvincing in recent weeks. United’s run in looks easier but they have the capacity to drop plenty of points over the next four matches.
So we could be back in Europe by default but do we really want to be there ahead of another important campaign in 2014-15?